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Rare Music in the Rare Book Room: Romanian Flutes

Rare Music in the Rare Book Room: Ioana Sherman presents "Transformation and Totalitarianism: The Case of the Romanian Caval and Fluier."  Friday, 14 September, 4pm, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room.

The fluier and caval, types of end-blown duct flutes, are the most prominent instruments in the southern region of Romania and have had a connection to the Romanian people for many centuries.  Sherman will discuss the caval and fluier before, during, and after the Communist regime, in particular their role and function in the community, how playing techniques have changed over the century, and how the skill of crafting the instruments has changed. The Duke University Musical Instrument Collections have recently obtained examples of both types of instruments.

Ioana Sherman earned a Bachelor’s in Music, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Riverside. While doing her master’s degree (UC Riverside), she was a Gluck Fellow, presenting lectures and workshops on Romanian music, and was awarded the William J. Fulbright Fellowship in ethnomusicology to do research on the caval and fluier in Romania. 

Rare Music in the Rare Book Room is co-sponsored by the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) and the Duke University Libraries with additional support from the Vice Provost for the Arts, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development, the Carrabina Endowment, Friends of DUMIC, VoChor Incorporated, and the Hopper Piano & Organ Company.  For more information about Romanian instruments, plus pictures, go to http://www.dumic.org/specialexhibit.

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Posted 10 September 2007

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